India’s New Internet Rules Are a Step Toward ‘Digital Authoritarianism,’ Activists Say. Here’s What They Will Mean – By Billy Perrigo
The Indian government must suspend sweeping new Internet regulations, 10 international NGOs said in an open letter Thursday.
The new rules, brought in by executive order in late February, give the Indian government an arsenal of muscular new powers that will force tech companies and news outlets to comply with government surveillance and censorship demands.
The rules increase the pressure on U.S. tech companies including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp to comply with what the letter’s authors say is an increasingly authoritarian Indian government – or risk losing access to India, their biggest market in the world, which many see as key to future growth….